|Project by David||posted 05-07-2011 01:47 AM||1356 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
63” X 28”H ~ Oak with 1-1/2” beveled, 1/4” thick mirror. The corners are assembled with loose tenons and the brackets with 2 screws each from the backside. The cleat it hangs on makes it stand proud from the wall, hence the strips that run down each end on the back side keep it from tipping at the bottom as well as concealing the space in the back. The idea was to make it sit out over the dresser top, which due to the baseboard cannot be pushed tight to the wall. This eliminated the gap between the dresser top and wall.
Matching the finish was the real challenge. I tried mixing different colors of stain to get the right shade but couldn’t even come close. With hat in hand, I went to a specialty finish supplier in Seattle. They specialize in custom work and have years of experience in that field. I took them a drawer from the dresser and they said to come back in a week and they would see what they could mix up. The solution was a bit more intensive than the usual wipe on some stain and finish routine. First I applied an aniline water base dye and let that dry overnight. Then apply the oil base stain and let that dry. Then I could do the usual varnish routine: one thinned coat to penetrate, dry, a second coat straight from the can, dry really good, sand it out with 400 grit and finally a thinned final coat. You can see the steps in the last photo (L to R) and I’m please with the results. Thanks also to the Folks at the local glass shop; (the beveled mirror was just shy of 100 bucks) they are always great to work with and I’ve done numerous projects with them, and the folks at the finish shop who had the experience to match the stain. The mirror clips are fender washers; each with a rubber grommet that I had to cut down to size.